Currently, the province’s fire danger rating for the Kamloops Fire Centre is fluctuating between low and moderate, though on Thursday there were a couple of pockets rated as high.
BC Wildfire says the danger ratings are typical for this time of the year but added May is a great time to start fire-proofing properties.
“We’re starting to see more moderate (ratings) as things start to dry out a bit,” said Taylor MacDonald, fire information officer with BC Wildfire, adding the region hasn’t seen much precipitation lately.
“Now is a really good time for people to start fire-smarting their properties by taking advantage of the drier weather to mitigate all fire risks around their properties.”
MacDonald added that “the spring-time fires that we’re starting to see are all human-caused, and those are completely preventable.”
Tips to fire-smart your home include:
- Cleaning and maintaining gutters and roofs
- Keeping decks and balconies clear of leaves and debris
- Cleaning under your deck to remove combustible materials
- Moving firewood and lumber 10 to 30 metres away from your home
- Pruning trees to create a two-metre clearance from the ground to the lowest branches
- Keeping grass and weeds cut below 10 centimetres
- Adding non-combustible three-millimetre screens to external vents
Further, she said the region is expected to see possible windy conditions this weekend, so BC Wildfire is asking the public to be cautious when conducting open burning.
“Even though we are seeing temperatures that are a bit cooler (than normal), fires can still easily ignite,” said MacDonald, adding winds can carry embers that could potentially start a new fire.
“So we need everybody to remain cautious and careful, just as we would in August.”
For more information about fire-smarting your home, visit FireSmartBC.